This week, I took a trip to Three Walls in the West Loop. If you have not been there yet, make a point to go. They are a non-profit gallery that hosts six shows per year that include solo exhibits and group shows.
Their current exhibit is called Voices From the Center which is a group show that reflects on the lives of Eastern Europeans before and after the the destruction of the Berlin Wall and discusses issues such as immigration. With a mix of artists, testimonials, times lines and sketches, this show really covers multiple platforms and gives a well rounded view of the topic. There is so much to look at! Pictures and video are also included along with the opportunity to participate in the show. Paper, pencils, and wall space are offered for writing feelings and memories of the events of the Cold War.
With a mix of exhibit and viewer contribution, this show gets across multiple view points. As someone who did not experience this time in world history, or immigrate from Eastern Europe, it was nice to learn so much from this show. I really felt involved in the lives of the people that were interviewed or shown in images. Lifestyle was a central point to this exhibit, which was so well expressed that I felt like a part of their families.
Although I would not suggest this show to someone who only wants to quickly browse an exhibit, I certainly think almost anyone can learn something from this show. With so many stories told and objects to look at, this show is really an incredible experience.
For more information about the exhibit, please visit www.voicesfromthecenter.net
Or, you can visit Three Walls' website at three-walls.org. Their location is at 119 S. Peoria in Chicago, Il.